Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit will hold a new volunteer orientation Friday, Aug. 17. It currently is recruiting enthusiastic, committed people who would like to volunteer as teacher naturalists to lead children of all ages in outdoor classes that focus on sensory awareness and ecology.

People seeking this opportunity must enjoy working with children in an outdoor setting, be available during the week and possess a keen interest in learning more about natural history. Some knowledge of ecology and natural history would be helpful, but is not necessary.

There are several different opportunities available, including volunteers to help teach the new preschool Tuesday classes.

For information, people should call Karen Bryan at 636-451-3512, extension 6008, or email her at

Shaw Nature Reserve of the Missouri Botanical Garden is a 2,400-acre natural area in Gray Summit.